Survey Examining Relationship Between Gratitude and Caregiver Burden: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 12

Murdoch University logoMurdoch University is conducting a study to establish whether feelings of gratitude influence the burden experienced by carers of people with severe mental illnesses.

The researchers are calling for people to help them understand this important issue by completing an online questionnaire. This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee: Approval  number: 2016/215.

Further details can be found in the Survey Information Letter.

Complete the survey.


beyondblue Seeks Gay Men’s Stories of Support to Gay Friends & Partners: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 12

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beyondblue, the National LGBTI Health Alliance and the Movember foundation, are developing a website to help Australian gay men support the mental health of their gay friends and partners.

To ensure the resource is the most helpful that it can be, they want to share your stories on the website about reaching out to gay mates or partners to check in on their mental health.

beyondblue will share excepts of your de-identified stories on its gay men’s website and in promotional material for beyondblue and partners.

They are seeking stories specifically from gay men who have ever reached out to gay mates or partners to check in on their mental health. If you have a friend or contact who you feel would like to take part, please feel free to share this link with them.

For more information, visit beyondblue.


Call for EOI: Launching Pad – Consumer & Carer Participation Training: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 12

Brisbane North PHN LogoBrisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN), supported by Brisbane Partners in Recovery, is offering 10 scholarships to attend “Launching Pad” – Consumer and Carer Participation Training.

This training is ideal for people with a lived experience who are currently and/or wanting to participate through a ‘representative type’ role on committees, project reference groups and/or other ways and utilise their ‘lived experience and recovery’ in their role.

Please find attached the Expression of Interest application form with further details.

Workshop 1:      Consumer and Carer Participation (26 June 2017)

Workshop 2:      Creating recovery dialogues (27 June 2017)

Workshop 3:      Recovery and Advocacy (28 June 2017)

Closing date for EOI’s in 9am Monday 5 June.  No late applications will be accepted.

The selection panel will be meeting during this week.  And successful applicants will be notified on by Friday 9 June.


Call for Content: CMHA NDIS Mental Health Conference: Spotlight Call to Action ssue 11

NDIS Mental Health Conf imageCommunity Mental Health Australia (CMHA) is calling for submissions for its NDIS Mental Health Conference.

While all proposals will be considered, CMHA is are especially looking to run sessions that are interactive and feature the voices of those with lived experience.

The conference theme is ‘towards a better life’, and submissions focusing on the potential of the NDIS to improve the lives of those with psychosocial disability are welcomed.

For further information and to content guidelines, visit the NDIS Mental Health Conference website today.


Inquiry into Service Delivery in remote and Discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 11

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The Queensland Productivity Commission has been asked to look at how services in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are performing, and identify if they can be improved. It is calling for submissions about experience and what you think is working well, and what could be better.

The Productivity Commission has provided several areas about which feedback can be provided, including:

  • Service Delivery
  • Governance
  • Funding
  • Evaluation.


To find out more about how you can get involved, see the Queensland Productivity Commission Snapshot Paper and see the Service Delivery in Remote and Discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Consultation Paper.



Brisbane PHN Seeks Consumer and Carer Reps: Spotlight Calls to Action Issue 11

The Brisbane North PHN Alcohol and Other Drugs Partnership Advisory Group (the Group) was established in August 2016 to provide advice to the PHN on implementation of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity Work Plan 2016-17 to 2018-19, including informing development, delivery and evaluation and provide accountability on achieving the aim of this activity.

The purpose of this group is to provide a mechanism for co-design involving all relevant stakeholders including service providers and consumers, carers and community members in the region. This group has been assisting the PHN with strategic input, planning and communications in line with the requirements of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity.

The Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) Alcohol and Other Drugs Partnership Advisory Group (the Group) is currently recruiting a Carer representative’ and a ‘Consumer representative’ who has lived experience with non-illicit substance use (e.g. alcohol, prescription drugs) to join this committee.

For further details about these positions, including sitting fees and the application process, please see the Expressions of Interest form.